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Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Talk' started by Todd, Oct 10, 2018.
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/West Palm Beach please. Thanks.
Des Moines, Iowa. Please
Des Moines, we have El Bait shop, over 250beers on tap, Iowa taproom, over 150 all Iowa beers and several outstanding breweries. It’s also not a city that most people know anything about beer wise and would be a great destination for a beer weekend.
Does it have a beer scene?
With a nickname of Madtown, what do you think?
Huge local and regional beer scene with very knowledgeable base of support.
Madison as well as the State have a very progressive Convention/ Tourism Departments.
The door is open . . .
I've sampled the beer scenes in most of the nominated cities. Can't speak to all the criteria, but for cheap flights and accommodations, easy accessibility, and emerging local brew culture, my vote would go to Minneapolis or Columbus, followed by Milwaukee.
Minneapolis/Saint Paul! Two cities for the price of one convention.
Columbus for sure!
Chicago would be great, but Cincinnati also (esp if later summer maybe around the W&S Open tennis tournament?), or as a dark horse Champaign IL
Yeah. Not too many outside of your state recommendations. Suppose everyone would enjoy having it close to them.
I actually live about an hour and a half from Columbus, but thought it was a good geographical choice. If I had to pick a favorite city to host I would say Chicago or Louisville, but food and whiskey come into play because the craft beer scene is questionable in thr later.
Indy, St. Louis, or Chicago. I'm partial to Indy since it's my old stompin' grounds and I can visit my parents in the same trip.
Growing city. Up and coming.
New street car...
Definitely Chicago. Greatest beer scene in the Midwest right now!
Saint Louis ... it would be epic!!!
Ann Arbor! Growing beer scene (HOMES is great). College town, and can host 100,000 people for a football game, 1500 is nothing!
Saint Louis, MO
Cleveland has the fastest growing and most established beer scene, not to mention its deep historical roots to brewing, abundant tourist sites, and sports teams. Great Lakes, Platform, Goldhorn, and many many others!
Hurley WI.............just kidding
Minneapolis for real
I would say Indy and I do not even live there now. But did for fifty plus years. They have almost 50 craft breweries inside the city limits. The outskirts contain dozens and dozens more. It is jammin' there when it comes to beer. Sun King is the Big Dog. Flat 12 Bierworks, Black Acre, tons more. Plus they can handle NCAA tourneys and Super Bowls. This is a piece of cake. Or something like that. Or it is a mini keg.
Several good places for a beer festival in the Louisville Kentucky area, including New Albany across the river in Indiana. Louisville has numerous up-and-coming breweries, including Against the Grain, Akasha, New Albany in Brewing Company, and many more. It has a great beer history and culture, as well as great music, great food, the beautiful Ohio River. Come and check us out. I'll be your host!
Chicago. Honarary mentions go to Milwaukee and St. Louis. I don't think you can lose with one of these.
Madison during craft beer week.
Grand Rapids. Weather in spring is fantastic, so many new and exciting places to eat and drink downtown and elsewhere, thriving music scene. And it's Beer City!
Grand Rapids Michigan!
Milwaukee, traditional beer city that for a time, didnt have that many craft breweries. That's changed recently, along with the changing downtown entertainment district and updates to transportation within the city. Additionally, Milwaukee is known as the city of festivals, but the first ones usually don't start until late May.
You talking about Cow Town, just near Xenia? Nah, Columbus around campus reminds me of Chapel Hill and I love it!
Grand Rapids is an amazing beer mecca. Detroit would also be a nice choice.
Chicago or Milwaukee
CLEVELAND/AKRON.....Numerous great breweries for attendees to also visit, easy to navigate (i.e. no Chicago traffic) and plenty of hotels and restaurants at reasonable prices. Standout breweries: Great Lakes, Fatheads, Hoppin Frog, Thirsty Dog. Cincinnati would also be good.
Isn't the Upland sourfest in downtown Indy during spring, or is that no longer a thing? That is/was a pretty big beer fest.
South Bend/Granger IN
I'm going to be the weirdo from Ohio and suggest not CBus or Cleveland, and instead suggest Akron.
New, generally solid, breweries have been popping up every year in Summit County, and our craft beer scene has been on a steady rise for quite a while.
So, based on the BA Forums definition are we only supposed to consider spots in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, or South Dakota?
I know we're straddling the line re: "midwest," but having been here for a year now, NASHVILLE is a slam dunk choice.
It's the "it" city in the country right now. Just hosted the Craft Brewer's Conference (CBC) in June, which was a huge success and spawned a ton of fabulous events all over town. Brand new convention center in heart of downtown, growing craft beer scene with two nationally recognized brands thus far (Southern Grist and Bearded Iris), and a ton of "also ran's," ridiculous food scene, and beyond a fest, it is in general, a destination city, so easy to convince your significant other to come along for more than a beer fest. Weather in spring is guaranteed to be fabulous. And, even better proximity to massive population centers than most or all of the cities getting praise here...8-9 hrs drive nets you Chicago, Charleston, Louisville, Atlanta, Tampa, Charlotte, Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, St Louis, Cincinnati, KC, Birmingham, Indy, Detroit, with most of these being inside of 5 hours, and that is just the list off the top of my head.
The obvious answer is Chicago, of course...
So see you all next spring in Rosemont!
Grand Rapids Michigan
OK I'll cast the last vote and it's decided....MILWAUKEE!